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Popular Japanese Baby Names for 2011

By December 7, 2011

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I saw a survey of popular Japanese names for 2011. The top 5 names for boys are, "Hiroto," "Ren" "Yuuma," "Souta" and "Sora". The top 5 names for girls are, "Yui," "Aoi," "Yua," "Rin" and "Hina". Since Japanese names are usually written in kanji (sometimes in hiragana), even the same name can be written in many different ways.

As for the kanji characters that are used in names, the characters for "you (sun, positive)", "ki (hope)" "kokoro (heart, spirit)" have increased since last year. Although Japan's social and economic condition has been unstable since the earthquake, parents still wish for a bright and positive future for their baby.

Japanese Translation

2011年の赤ちゃんの名前ランキングが発表されました。男の子の人気の名前トップ5は、「大翔(ひろと)」「蓮(れん)」「悠真(ゆうま)」「颯太(そうた)」「蒼空(そら)」、女の子の人気トップ5は、「結衣 ゆい」「葵(あおい)」「結愛(ゆあ)」「凛(りん)」「陽菜(ひな)」です。日本人の名前は、一般に漢字で書かれるので(ひらがなの場合もありますが)、たとえ同じ名前でも、違う漢字を使うと何通りにも書くことができます。

また名前に使われた漢字では、「陽」、「希」、「心」が昨年よりランクアップしました。これは、震災の影響などで、社会的、経済的に不安定な状態が続いているものの、子供の未来が明るく前向きなものであるようにという親の願いが込められているものと見られます。

Romaji Translation

2011-nen no akachan no namae rankingu ga happyou saremashita. Otoko no ko no ninki no namae toppu 5 wa, "Hiroto" "Ren" "Yuuma" "Souta" "Sora", onna no ko no ninki toppu 5 wa, "Yui" "Aoi" "Yua" "Rin" "Hina" desu. Nihon-jin no namae wa, ippan ni kanji de kakareru node (hiragana no baai mo arimasu ga), tatoe onaji namae demo, chigau kanji o tsukau to nantoori nimo kaku koto ga dekimasu.

Mata namae ni tsukawareta kanji dewa, "you" "ki" "kokoro" ga sakunen yori ranku appu shimashita. Kore wa, shinsai no eikyou nado de, shakaiteki, keizaiteki ni fuanteina joutai ga tsuzuiteiru mono no, kodomo no mirai ga akaruku maemukina mono de aru you ni to iu oya no negai ga komerareteiru mono to miraremasu.

Comments

December 8, 2011 at 9:30 am
(1) Rachid Filali says:

Thank you dear Namiko this important information .. You are a great teacher and you know very well what readers need special knowledge about Japan .. this beautiful country and his people loved and good. Thanks again.
Rachid Filali / Algeria

November 30, 2012 at 11:51 am
(2) Kiiyukia says:

I enjoyed your narration in japanese. i can understand and speak japanese but i cannot read kanji? can i learn to read kanji online?

April 4, 2013 at 4:43 am
(3) Dajka laszlo says:

Namikosan no peeji wa totemo sugoi desu! arigatou gozaimasu!

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